I have great role models in both of my parents, who are both general dentists. They did not put any pressure on me to become a dentist, but they definitely led by example. They loved practicing dentistry and also appreciated the freedom the profession gave them to raise a family and spend time with their three children.
Why are you an ADA member?
My original intent was just to be a part of organized dentistry. However, I now realize the breadth and impact that the ADA has on legislation and issues that are not only beneficial to me, but also to my colleagues and, most importantly, to my patients.
Was your first job?
I was a lifeguard. Being an endodontist is great…but, man, I loved getting paid while getting a nice tan!
What has been the best time of your career so far?
I practiced general dentistry for four years before starting my endodontic residency, and I was nervous about making the jump. Would it be the right decision? Was I too old to go back to school? I’m thankful to say that it was the best decision I ever made.
When I’m not practicing, I’m:
Running. It’s a great way to blow off steam and stay in shape.
One fun fact about me:
I’m a HUGE music fan. The Nashville music scene never disappoints.